Zimbabwe Starts Administering China’s Sinopharm Vaccines

A nurse prepares to give a shot of China's Sinopharm vaccine to Zimbabwean Deputy President Constatino Chiwenga, right, at local hospital in Harare, Thursday, Feb, 18, 2021. Chiwenga become the first person in the country to receive the jab marking the first phase of the country's vaccination campaign. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

(AP) — Zimbabwe has started giving out COVID-19 vaccines to become one of just a handful of African countries to embark on an inoculation campaign. The southern African country is using China’s Sinopharm vaccines after a batch of 200,000 doses was donated by the Chinese government.

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga volunteered to receive the first jab at a hospital in the capital, Harare, on Thursday. Vaccination campaigns are just starting to be launched across Africa, a continent of 54 countries and 1.3 billion people.

The continent has more than 3.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a figure that’s believed to be a significant undercount.


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